The sun will be shining, the birds will be singing and the streets of Acton will be filled with children excitedly taking part in Easter egg hunts. Or will it? For many, Easter means a chance to get out and view properties for sale in Acton.
For Acton estate agents like Orchards of London, we are ready for the seasonal peak that comes with the arrival of Spring (officially the 20th March, with the clocks going forward on Easter Sunday, 27th March).
So why is Easter such a peak in the Acton property market? Firstly, it’s not a local phenomenon. Easter is up there with January and September when it comes to a flurry of home moving activity. Easter symbolises new beginnings, and also coincides with generally warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. Across the whole of West London - and the rest of the country - people are coming out of winter hibernation with intentions to move house.
The festive Easter period is also marked by two Bank Holidays, which gives people more time to plan for property viewings - whether they are hosting them or conducting them.
This year Easter is also the point in the calendar when home movers can set a benchmark of being moved to a new property by the summer holidays. The average property for sale in Acton takes around 12 weeks to transition from the ‘offer accepted’ stage to completion, with people able to move in around the end of June or early July, should they make an offer over Easter weekend.
So if you are planning on packing the kids in the car with a Cream Egg as you hop from one Acton property to another, or if you’re spring cleaning ahead of buyer viewings, here’s Orchards of London’s advice for buyers and sellers this Easter.
1.Do book viewings in advance of Easter weekend as it can get very busy.
2.Do make sure children are entertained during what can be a boring activity for them.
3.Do leave a set of keys with your estate agent if you are going away this Easter. They can capitalise on the peak demand by conducting viewings while you’re absent.
4.Do have a good declutter before viewings start. Some fresh flowers in a vase never fail to make a home feel brighter, and clean your windows inside and out.
1.Don’t rely purely on the internet. If you’re looking to buy a flat or house for sale in Acton, register directly with us before Easter. We’ll let you know as soon as we’re instructed on new properties - often before they have been uploaded online.
2.Don’t start any viewings without a list of questions you’d like to ask the seller - being prepared means you can come to a quick, informed decision and make a serious offer at a time when rival buyers are also viewing.
3.Don’t forget to have finance in place. Sellers will be looking for offers from purchasers who have a mortgage agreed in principle so the transaction can get off to a quick and meaningful start.
If you’d like to start marketing your West London property now in time for Easter or would like to book some Acton property viewings, contact Orchards of London today.
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